David Lynch's feature film take on Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi saga is about a prophesied messiah (Kyle MacLachlan) coming to his destiny in a galactic feudal society that runs on "spice."
Despite bombing at the box office and receiving scathing criticism upon its release, it remains one of the most unique and visually exciting sci-fi films of the 1980s, displaying Lynch’s vast, vivid imagination and directorial prowess in handling such an epic project.
Condensed down to a lean 137 minutes, the plot of DUNE is as murky as the air during a desert sandstorm, especially for those unfamiliar with the books.
But it still has more than enough Lynchian panache to be worth absorbing.
Plus, it's got Sting running around crazy-haired and mostly naked and a soundtrack by Toto! Plus Patrick Stewart, Jack Nance, and the one-and-only Everett McGill (Big Ed from TWIN PEAKS).